Once the thriving gambling district of Las Vegas, the downtown area used to be the city’s busiest locale until the late 1980s, when an entrepreneur gathered the crowds to the Strip – which remains the city’s main thoroughfare today.
Nevertheless, downtown Las Vegas hasn’t been forgotten. For starters, it is now home to the sought-after and historic casinos of Fremont Street, including the Moulin Rouge, the first racially integrated casino-hotel in the city, as well as the Fremont Street Experience, the world’s largest audio-video system which consists of a multisensory light and sound show connecting over two million lights. Downtown Las Vegas also has its own Arts District, encompassing several art galleries, studios and stores offering a vast selection of collectibles. Not to mention the many museums scattered around the neighborhood, like the Natural History Museum, the Mob Museum, the Neon Museum and the Art Deco-inspired Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Many of these buildings offer exceptional architecture, from Spanish-mission to deconstructionist and mid-century modern – an attraction in itself! Thrill-seekers will also enjoy the presence of Slotzilla, a series of two zip lines (77 feet and 114 feet) and, alternatively, the infamous Heart Attack Grill and its quadruple bypass hamburgers or the shark tank at the Gold Nugget. All of this serves as the ultimate proof that Las Vegas, and downtown Las Vegas specifically, isn’t just about gambling and late nights out—although it is part of the fun!